UL Softball Rolls Past Central Arkansas, 11-1
The 7th-ranked Louisiana Ragin' Cajun softball team picked-up another win on Sunday, defeating the Central Arkansas Bears, 11-1, on the final day of play in the 30th Louisiana Classics at Lamson Park.
Louisiana outhit Central Arkansas, 14-1, while blasting four home runs, as they cruised to the 5-inning, mercy-rule win.
The win gave Louisiana three wins in four games in the event, including two victories in three tries against the 6th-ranked Oregon Ducks.
Louisiana got on the scoreboard first, plating three runs in the bottom half of the first inning, when senior second baseman Hayley Hayden homered to leadoff the half inning, before senior first baseman Kelsey Vincent smacked a two-out double, and then scored on a two-run homer off the bat of sophomore centerfielder Aleah Craighton, giving them a quick 3-0 lead.
The Cajuns then put the game away in the bottom half of the second inning, sending 13 hitters to the plate, and scoring 7 runs on 7 hits, including home runs from senior catcher Lexie Elkins and Vincent, the third and fourth homers as a team for UL, as they took a commanding 10-0 advantage.
Central Arkansas scored their lone run in the top half of the third inning, when shortstop Kate Myers belted a solo homer down the left-field line, trimming the deficit to 10-1.
Louisiana added another run in the home half the third inning, when Elkins singled to begin the frame, and then later scored on a sacrifice -fly off the bat of sophomore shortstop D.J. Sanders, making the score 11-1.
That was more than enough for the Cajuns, who went on to the 10-run mercy-rule win, improving their record in the tournament to 3-1.
Vincent led the way for UL at the plate, going 3-for-3, with a double and a home run, while Elkins and Hayden collected two hits apiece.
Kylie Jo Trahan (2-1) recorded the win in the circle, allowing one run on one hit, while walking 5 and striking out 8 over 3.2 innings of work.
Shivaun Landeros (3-3) suffered the loss for the Bears, allowing 8 runs on 8 hits in 1.1 innings in the circle.
With the victory, Louisiana improved to 8-1 on the season, while Central Arkansas dropped to 5-4.
The Cajuns return to action on Thursday, playing host to the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a non-conference doubleheader.